Update Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9195I to Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware. Samsung is well known for introducing the mini or smaller versions of the high end flagship devices. Basically they started this trend with the Galaxy S3 mini. After Samsung Galaxy S4 became famous it was quite obvious that Samsung would definitely launch a smaller version of this flagship smartphone. So in June 2015 Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9195I (also known as Galaxy S4 mini LTE or Galaxy S4 mini plus) with built in Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system. It came with 4.3 inches of Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels of resolution. More of its specs include 1.2 GHz of Cortex-A53 quad core processor with 8 GB of internal storage memory and 1.5 GB of RAM. The internal storage memory was easily expandable upto 64 GB. It also featured 8 megapixel of primary camera with autofocus and a 1.9 megapixel of front camera for clicking selfies. Battery capacity included in this smartphone was 1900 mAh of removable Li-Ion battery with upto 14 hours of talktime. Today in our step by step tutorial we’ll be discussing some easy steps on how to update Galaxy S4 mini I9195I to Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware.
This official Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware comes with a number of changes. There are not only improvements in the overall performance but also various newly added features. You’ll experience customisable UI, revamped settings app, music played with locked screen and newly added transparent notification bar. There are many more changes that you can enjoy and experience after flashing this firmware. Lets look at the complete firmware info and proceed to the easy steps mentioned below on how to update Samsung Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9195I to Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware. 👍
Model name: GALAXY S4 mini
Version: Android 4.4.4
Build date: Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Product Code: XEF
Installing this official Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware is quite risky. So implement the procedure mentioned below carefully without any mistake. If something goes wrong and your phone gets bricked or damaged after following these steps then we at droidthunder.com will not be held liable for that.
This official Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware update must be flashed only on Samsung Galaxy S4 mini with the model number GT-I9195I. Do not try to install this firmware update on any other device or variant as it may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked phone. So its better to confirm your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before going further.
- It is recommended to charge your Galaxy S4 mini at least up to 60% before moving ahead. This is necessary as low battery power can increase the chances of interruption during the flashing process.
- Take a complete backup of all your important phone data and settings including your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. before going ahead. This is highly recommended as everything gets wiped out in the last step of this procedure.
- Ensure that you have installed mobile specific drivers on your PC so as to detect your Galaxy S4 mini when connected to your PC. You can install the drivers from Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from link given below.
- (Optional) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer. They may interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Procedure to install Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S4 mini I9195I
Step 1: Firstly download and extract both the above files to a convenient location on your computer. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these two files in it:
The SS_DL.dll file is of no use so ignore it.
Step 2: Then switch off your Galaxy S4 mini I9195I completely.
Step 3: Then you need to boot it into downloading mode. For booting into download mode, keep pressing and holding the ‘Home button + Power button + Volume down key’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. As soon as you see the warning message window leave all the keys.
Step 4: Then keep the phone as it is and connect it to your computer using micro USB cable. Now on your phone press Volume up button to continue. This will directly land your Galaxy S4 mini I9195I into downloading mode. Refer the screenshot below.
Step 5: Go to the downloaded folder on your computer and launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.12.7′ software which you’ve just received after extraction. As you launch it, the ID:COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your Galaxy S4 mini I9195I has been successfully connected to your computer.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile specific drivers. So just confirm whether you’ve properly installed the mobile specific drivers on your computer or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists try changing USB cable or the USB port.
Step 6: Then click on the Options tab located on the Odin window and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options. Tick only these two options and keep all the other options as they are.
Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option as it may increase the risk of bricking your device.
Step 7: Now, click on the AP button present on the Odin window and browse to the firmware package file which you’ve downloaded (I9195IXXS1AQA7_I9195IOXX1AOF1_I9195IXXU1AOD2_HOME.tar.md5) and select it.
Step 8: Everything completes here. Just initiate the firmware flashing process now. For that, hit the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: While the process goes on, your phone will boot itself automatically. Do not disconnect the micro USB cable from PC as it will interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Step 9: Relax and wait until the firmware flashing process completes. When the process completes successfully, the ID:COM section on the Odin window will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. On the other hand, your Galaxy S4 mini I9195I will automatically restart itself. This will confirm that the official Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I. Now you can disconnect your phone from computer by safely removing the micro USB cable.
Note: If this firmware flashing process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your phone gets stuck into boot loop, then close the Odin window, again go into downloading mode and implement the same procedure as given above.
Hurray! The latest official Android 4.4.4 XXS1AQA7 KitKat firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9195I LTE smartphone. Just navigate to Menu->Settings->About Phone to confirm the same. Enjoy the newly added Android KitKat features on your Galaxy S4 mini. Also do share your views and experience after using it. Finally if you come across any difficulty while implementing this process, then feel free to inform me through the comments section given below. It’ll be pleasure to help you guys. Till then enjoy and peace out!✌